A loan of $3,750 helped a member to purchase chickens and animal feed.

Josecito De Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The Josecito de Cumbe Communal Bank is made up of 10 members who live in the parish of Cumbe de Cuenca. The parish has a cold climate, and is surrounded by mountains that provide beautiful scenery where people can enjoy nature. The residents are kind, gentle, and warm-hearted, and make a living from economic activities that include farming, commerce, and raising animals. Many residents commute to the city every day for work in various sectors. The members of the Josecito de Cumbe communal bank are very hardworking and maintain their local culture and traditions.

One of the group’s members is Zoila María. She is 52 years old and is a single mother who has 4 children. Two of her children are married and no longer live with her. One of her children works and helps her financially, while the youngest goes to school in the area. Zoila María lives in the house of one of her children.

Zoila María makes a living farming. She farms her own land, and grows her crops for home consumption and sale. She also raises and sells chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs. In addition, Zoila María has worked milking cows since she was a young age. She works every day.

She has been a member of her communal bank for 15 years, and will use her new loan to purchase chickens and animal feed.

Zoila María’s goal is to raise more animals.

In this group: Zoila Rosa, Gloria Janeth, Lourdes Mariela, Sandra Verónica, Rosa Francisca, Zoila María, Dolores Azunción, Rosa Elvira, Blaca Elsa, Diana Alisandra

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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